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Vermont Drive-in Theatre
Gardena, CA


Vermont Drive-in Theatre
Pacific Theaters
1940's - 1999
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Welcome to the Vermont Drive-in Theater, home to one of the four remaining open drive-ins in the Los Angeles County area. Yes, every time you pass by Artesia and Crenshaw Boulevards, you are welcomed by the immense screen tower and marquee. Don't forget to stop back again at twilight!


The Vermont Drive-in marquee
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


And then there were three... three remaining L.A. County drive-ins that is. (At least at this time) When the Vermont was plowed over in the Summer of 1999, the South Bay saw the last hint of open air entertainment go down over the horizon. At least there are memories...

(Many thanks to Warren Meyers for tip regarding demolition of the Vermont Drive-in)

Night shot of the Vermont Drive-in Theater sign
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Vermont Drive-in Theater located at 17737 S. Vermont Avenue in Gardena opened its doors, or actually its lot, in 1947 showing first run moving pictures on its single screen. This theater was one of the first five opened up by Pacific Theaters. Eventually to keep up with competition and business, the Vermont opened two additional screens in the 1970s, however the threat of watching movies from home due to cable TV and VCRs was soon to come. The swap meet on site was also beginning to get complaints from residents as the areas began to get built up with homes.

The drive-in met its match in 1999 and turned into a dirt lot. Today a residential community sits in its place. 11-20


More photos

Ticket booth Cine-fi sound Projection booth

Vermont Drive-in Theatre marquee
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The empty lot
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com



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